PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- Drew Bastian, a retired city firefighter who won election to his district 3 seat in 2012, is seeking a second four-year term on the Port Orange City Council in the 2016 elections.
Bastian pointed out in a Facebook post to Headline Surfer® in response to its exclusive reporting Thursday on fellow City Councilman's Don Burnette's candidacy for mayor, that had him undecided on whether to seek re-election, that in fact, he had decided to do so several weeks ago.
This is what Bastian posted:
October 19 at 8:44am · Port Orange, FL ·
Just wanted to announce that I am seeking reelection to my council seat in Port Orange. I represent District#3 and currently serve as Vice Mayor. I absolutely love what I am doing and look forward to continue to serve the public. My paperwork is filed and my campaign account is open, so it's official. I also wish to THANK everyone for their support! I will continue to keep Port Orange moving forward, I will do everything in my power to keep the city safe, beautiful and affordable.
Henry I have already announced that I am seeking reelection to my district 3 seat, just thought you should know. Keep up the good work.
Headline Surfer® endorsed Bastian in the 2012 elections after hosting and moderating a public candidate debate on the dais of the Port Orange City Council chambers and he won decisively over then-incumbent Bob Pohlmann with nearly 53 percent of the votes.
Don Burnette is running in 2016 for the mayoral seat being vacated by Allen Green (2nd from left) because of term limits.
PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- Don Burnette is taking the next logical step up in his career as politician and public servant: The Port Orange city councilman is running for mayor in the 2016 elections.
Headline Surfer® Multimedia: 2012 Public Candidate Debates
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Then-incumbent Bob Pohlmann and challenger Drew Bastian participate in a public candidate debate for the district 3 Port Orange City Council seat moderated and sponsored by HeadlineSurfer.com Publisher Henry Frederick in the weeks leading up to the general election won by Bastian.
Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.